Tell us about yourself; who are you and what do you do for fun?
I am passionate about my family, I’m married to a wonderful woodworker and carpenter, Jon. We have 4 children. We own a farm in NH and we are building a petting zoo and equine therapy center for children and young adults with special needs. I love bikram yoga, meditation and philosophy. In most spare minutes you will find me reading something non-fiction and listening to classical music.
What got you into speaking? Is it what you expected?
I’ve been speaking since I was a teenager, as I was always leading workshops and meditations at church. For years I wanted to be a minister, but my passion for technology left me wanting more. Now I get to do both.
Tell us about your hardest moment as a speaker so far.
My hardest moment as a speaker has been not making it to an agreed upon engagement. It’s only happened once in the hundreds of times I have presented, but it was heartbreaking to let my client down, no matter what the circumstance.
What has been your biggest success as a speaker so far?
My biggest success was becoming a paid evangelist for Alexa! This was a confirmatory step in my journey to becoming a paid speaker. I was still working for someone else, which meant that I could not choose my own gigs and schedule, but it was the beginning.
What was your biggest struggle before finding The Speaker Lab?
Before The Speaker Lab, I really struggled with creating a professional image, talking to clients, discussing pay. The Lab really helped my formulate my dream into an actual business with a lead pipeline, daily effort and a goal.
How has The Speaker Lab helped you and your business?
The Speaker Lab helped me find a community, build an event pipeline, realize I am not alone, and get feedback on my progress.
What is your number one goal over the next 6 months to a year?
6 months: to have 2-3 paid events per month. 1 year: to make 100k in speaking/books/consulting